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Dementia Progression & Behaviour Changes

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The progression of dementia comes along with changes in persons living with dementia:

• Abilities in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
• Behaviours
• Cognitive Function
• Orientation to People, Places and Time

Dementia progression and its corresponding behaviour changes require the appropriate response from caregivers.

With the necessary information and resources at hand, you will be better equipped to respond to these changes while providing care for persons living with dementia.

Dementia Progression

Enable Persons Living With Dementia to Perform Their Daily Activities

In the fourth episode of the 6-part series “All About Dementia – Ask the Experts”, Ms Low Mui Lang answers questions related to managing the daily activities for persons living with dementia.

By watching this video, you can learn some helpful tips on how you can enable your loved one living with dementia to perform his/her daily activities, such as supporting him/her to continue what he/she loves to do, or assisting him/her in showering and respecting his/her privacy at the same time.

The following articles offer general tips which may help you to manage the progression of a person’s dementia.

Sharing Caregiving Responsibilities: Gathering the Family 
Designing A Daily Routine
Supporting Activities of Daily Living
Helping A Person With Dementia Who Lives Alone
Taking Public Transportation

Behaviour Changes

It is important to understand how dementia may cause a person to behave differently, and how to address these changes constructively.

In addition, it is important to note that persons living with dementia present symptoms and behaviour differently. These symptoms and behaviours also differ across different types of dementia, and change as a person progresses through different stages of dementia.

However, there are many common behaviour changes observed in persons living with dementia. The information provided below and in the linked pages include tips on how to address such changes.

Behaviour Changes at Mild and Moderate Stages of Dementia

The articles below include information on some behaviours commonly exhibited in the mild and moderate stages of dementia.

Why Do Behavioural Changes Happen?
Managing Agitation & Aggression
Managing Mealtime Behaviours
Managing Sundowning
Managing Wandering Behaviour
Additional Resources for Other Behaviour Changes

Behavioural Changes in Advanced Stage Dementia

Some common behaviours in the advanced stage of dementia include:

• Losing mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
• Losing ability to communicate
Food refusal
Swallowing problems

Read the following articles about managing some of these behaviours in the advanced stage of dementia:

Swallowing Difficulties & Soft Diets
Managing Constipation
Managing Urinary Incontinence

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